When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church

by Lillian Daniel
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When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thing about Lillian Daniel's charming, hilarious, relatable take on the importance of faith in community with others is that I just can't get enough of her. If she wrote a daily meditation, I'd be on it every day. She is earthy, yet a fine, creative thinker, eloquent in the most entertaining way, and she cares enough about faith that she's willing to be challenging and provocative but is also remarkably warm-hearted and never harsh. In the past I've been one of those "spiritual but not religious" folks, and when I first heard the title of the book, I was a little taken aback. Shouldn't those who are on a spiritual journey, but not part of a community, be nurtured into coming back? Shouldn't they be cajoled and lovingly coaxed into church? And truth be told, that's precisely what Daniel does in her book, but in a elbow in the side, friendly, get-out-of-your-own-way manner. I hear her saying, "Aw, come ON, it's easy to sit up in your bedroom and think positive thoughts about the world - but it's getting your hands dirty and your agenda tromped on by real people in community with one another that actually helps you grow in faith." She's right. She wins me over. Sometimes religious ideas can be communicated in a sterile manner. That can make religious tomes downright boring. But Daniel hilariously points out our (and her own) foibles and quirks in recounting contemporary real-life stories, and I can't help but relate to what she says. If you're looking for religious (and spiritual!) inspiration and growth, you can't do better than Daniel's new book. On the other hand, if you feel like she's mistaken and on the wrong track, give her a try anyway. She might surprise you and in any case she'll surely entertain you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preachers/pastors will enjoy these stories told well and with Lillian Daniel's trademark snarkiness.
dgodbey More than 1 year ago
Is it you? Her? Him? Or that guy across the street? After reading Rev. Lillian Daniel's book, you will know for certain! Lillian, in writing this book, talks about what a Pastor of ANY church feels and considers when ever 'They' say something that is a blatant excuse for not being involved in the activities of the church. She describes the frustration that builds in the Pastor's mind when people excuse themselves with silly statements that have no value or make no sense. She covers a lot of ground in this book, going from the question "Why aren't you in church?' to prayer and other subjects. Best described as a collection of essays than prose, the points covered reveal the inmost mind of any Pastor without slight. Honest, humorious, and inasightful, this should be on every Pastor's and church worker's reading list. Well worth the time to read cover to cover, and then go back and read chapters that spark your mind.
UCCBob More than 1 year ago
Dr. Lillian Daniels newly published book."When Spiritual but not Religious is Not Enough: Finding God in surprising places - even the church," is a pastor's response to those who use the above "self definition" as the rationale for not covenanting with a community of faith and being part of a local church community. Dr. Daniel's thoughtful and some times humorous approach to this position taken by many people can serve as a way to engage them in conversation about how God is found even in the brokenness of the local church that some may find so flawed and unacceptable. It's a helpful guide of sorts for clergy who encounter this statement from people whom they meet on a plane or train or walking through their lives in any one of many places…or a guide for church members who find themselves talking with family members who may be uttering this same "self definition." It's a darn good read on many levels…ENJOY...and learn.
PresbyGirl More than 1 year ago
Well-written humorous critique of the "non-religious" arguments against participation in organized religion. I recognized myself as well as others in her descriptions of those wrestling with the facts of faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have often appreciated Lillian Daniel's observations. I have also been oft moved by her willingness to disclose precious and painful experiences from her life. It makes her struggle for meaning an "eyes wide open," fearless and complete exploration. Too, I can usually relate to her concerns and identify with her experience as we share the same profession. I dropped two stars from a perfect rating, one because the book appeared to be a series of independent observations, as if she were simply cashing in on sermon illustrations that she had composed, all be they eloquently crafted and poignant. I was looking for one point developed through the writing rather than an anthology. It seemed to me that the title "promised" such development. If it happened, I clearly missed it. The second "star" fell from the rating because it was not helpful for me to have my own penchant for griping reinforced. I identified with her gripes with, "Yeah, I've had that encounter... I've been 'there' too." But then I wanted help getting out of that rut. I don't think we needmore curmudgeons in this world. O Lillian, please deliver me from my chronic complaining!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago